You can sue for your losses if someone else’s carelessness caused you to slip and fall at a stadium or arena. However, to do so, you must first establish who was responsible.
Why People Slip and Fall at Arenas and Stadiums
These places create the perfect storm for slip and fall accidents. There are crowds of people bumping into each other, spectators carrying food and beverages to their seats, the consumption of alcohol, and high emotions like the exuberance or crushing disappointment one can experience at a football game.
Mobile food and beverage vendors can also spill their goods. There can be leaks of oil and other slippery substances from the equipment at the concession stands. The bathrooms can be a minefield of wet surfaces. And although snow and ice are seldom an issue here in Georgia, when it rains, the ramps, stairs, and walking paths at an arena or stadium can become hazardous.
Elements of Liability for a Slip and Fall at an Arena or Stadium
Georgia premises liability law does not require that landowners prevent every possible injury. The law does, however, impose a duty on property owners to use ordinary care to keep the property in reasonably safe condition for people who enter the premises legally.
The owner of a stadium or arena is negligent if all of these factors are present:
- A dangerous condition existed on the property, and
- The owner knew or should have known about the hazard, and
- The owner failed to repair the danger or post adequate warnings about the condition.
- You suffered injuries due to the hazardous condition.
Let us say that a deep-frying machine at one of the concessions stands leaked oil. The workers reported the problem and requested a repair, but they did not clean up the spilled oil or block off the affected area to keep customers away from the puddle.
This situation demonstrates negligence on the part of the stadium owner. There was a dangerous condition on the property – the puddle of leaked oil. The owner knew about the condition because the employees reported it. The owner did not have someone clean up the oil or place cones or other barriers around the puddle to prevent injury.
If a stadium worker or a customer slips and falls in the slippery liquid, the owner will be liable. The owner’s negligence caused the slip and fall that resulted in the injury.
Our team will investigate your slip and fall at a stadium or arena to determine what party(s) might be liable for your injuries and other losses.
Damages in a Stadium or Arena Slip and Fall Claim
If you get hurt from a slip and fall accident, you can collect the same types of compensation that a person injured in any other kind of personal injury case can. The precise amount that you can recover will depend on the facts of your case. Some of the typical damages in these cases include:
- Medical expenses. These costs can be things like the ambulance, emergency room, doctors, surgery, hospital, lab work, prescription drugs, x-rays, and physical therapy.
- Lost income for the wages, salary, self-employment, and other income you missed because of the accident.
- Diminished earning capacity if your injuries leave you unable to make as much money as before the slip and fall accident (e.g., if you needed to retire, had to take a lesser-paying job, had to work fewer hours, etc.)
- Disability if you cannot maintain gainful employment to support yourself because of your injuries.
- Long-term care if you suffered catastrophic injuries that require you to have daily medical treatments or need assistance with personal care.
- Pain and suffering for the physical discomfort, psychological distress, and inconvenience you experienced because of the fall.
- Other non-economic losses like disfigurement, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.
While you may be entitled to any of these damages, you must act quickly to avoid overstepping Georgia’s statute of limitations.
How to Get Legal Help for Your Stadium or Arena Slip and Fall Injury Claim
It can be difficult to determine who might be at fault for your slip and fall injuries at a stadium or arena. The slip and fall accident team at S. Burke Law can evaluate your claim and answer your questions. Our firm does not charge for the initial consultation. Since our legal fees come out of the recovery, there are no upfront legal fees for you to pay.
Call us today at 404-842-7838 to see how a premises liability lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve.